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Yalla now open — and doing the walk-up counter proud — on E Olive Way

The delicious legacy of E Olive Way’s walk-up counter space continues. Yalla is now open.

CHS reported earlier this month on the transition of chef Taylor Cheney‘s popular Arabic pop-up concept into the latest food and drink start-up to make the counter next to the Montana bar its home.

Yalla replaces Tortas Condesa from Monica Dimas in the space. Previously, it was home to Kedai Makan before it moved its Malaysian flavors around the corner to its current, much larger location. E Olive Way nightlife veterans will remember the space as once home to Tacos Gringos. All paired well with the Montana strip’s mix of bars including Revolver and Hillside.

To make the space-limited counter work, Cheney has focused on wraps made with Arabic flatbreads cooked there on a hot iron saj grill and topped with zaatar, labneh, Ackawi cheese, or delicious meats. Yalla also features Cheney’s hot and cold mezzes to pair with the sandwiches.

“This spot is particularly a great way for someone to be able to test out a concept that they are interested in growing in the future,” Cheney told CHS. “For now, Yalla has humble aspirations of providing the neighborhood with traditionally made delicious Arabic food but in the future I would be interested in growing it… for now, though, I will be at the walk-up.”

Yalla is open at 1510 E Olive Way. Hours are 4 PM to 1 AM daily. You can learn more at

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1 year ago

Cultural appropriation.

1 year ago
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